Space and luxury galore in this magnificent Charlestown home
If you’re looking for a spacious home filled with historic charm and character, but don’t want to take on a fixer upper, how about a house that is built for the duration with all the beauty of a vintage home and the accoutrements of 21st century living?
15 Cordis St. in Charlestown is an amazing Italianate-style brick single-family home, originally built in 1874 and meticulously renovated over time.
Frank Celeste of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty is listing this 18-room home for $3,150,000, and he says of the current owner, “He has never stopped improving the house.”
From the wine cellar on the garden level to the outdoor kitchen on the roof, everything here has been done. There is so much to appreciate here, including great architectural features. Everywhere you look, there is something to admire – from the grand mahogany staircase to the shining oak and fir hardwood floors to the mantels of the seven woodburning fireplaces. Custom mahogany windows are security-conscious with tungsten mesh in the glass.
And there’s more to this house than meets the eye. All interior walls are insulated and soundproofed. They’re as beautiful as they are functional, finished as smooth as marble and painted in rich colors from the Benjamin Moore Historical palette.
Formal spaces on the first floor – a fireplaced living and dining room – are very welcoming. A den (the “Middle Room,” as the homeowners call it) and a half bath can be used by family and guests alike.
The view from the kitchen at the back of the level extends all the way to Cambridge. The space will be a lot of fun to cook in since it is outfitted with brand new, never-used Samsung appliances – all with five-year warranties.
There’s a French door refrigerator, a gas range and a dishwasher plus a Scotsman ice machine that ensures that there will always be enough ice for big parties. The counters are Thunderbolt quartz and subway tile is being installed. Water is filtered and softened at the sink. The kitchen fireplace is set up for cooking.
Come up to the second floor, a private space for the family with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, two fireplaces, a family room and a sweet playroom. It’s easy to imagine a new family enjoying everything about this level.
Despite everything that has been done to perfect this home, there are opportunities for the next owners to add their own touches. There’s no main bedroom suite as such. The current owners located their bedroom on the home’s second floor to be close to their child.
If the next owners desire, they could transform the entire third floor into a primary suite with a big walk-in closet and a luxurious bath. The plumbing and ventilation systems are already there, along with structural support for a steam shower and a jetted tub with a gas-fired heating system.
Wine afficionados will want to spend lots of time in the wine cellar. It can accommodate 1,200 bottles on the built-in shelves and can show off 300 more bottles on the display shelves. Temperature and humidity are maintained to preserve the collection. Mahogany cabinets store spirits or glasses.
The home theatre room is down the hall. It has a pantry with built-in refrigeration systems, so there’s no need to interrupt viewing to go up to the kitchen for a snack.
Watching TV upstairs is easy, too, since rooms are wired or cabled with a connection box over the fireplaces with extra blocking for wall brackets to accommodate televisions.
While the movie or the game is on downstairs, it’s a good time to get laundry done. Two sets of LG washers and dryers are located down the hall. They’re fairly new, bought in the past couple of years, and are still under warranty.
Storage is generous in this home with plenty of closet space, cabinetry and shelving. If the next owners have books, there is ample room for them here. The main library on the top floor can store close to 800 volumes and the theatre area has room for 500.
There are a couple of home office spaces in this domicile and even an artist’s studio.
The residence comes complete with 1,000 square-feet of outdoor spaces – truly extraordinary. The courtyard patio and roof deck both have custom-crafted weatherproof cabinetry and planter boxes to add some greenery to the spaces.
The double roof deck is the perfect place for summer entertaining. Its outdoor kitchen rocks premium stainless steel appliances by Lynx, including tankless gas grills, warming drawer, refrigerator and freezer combo, a cabinet with drawers and a built-in ice storage cooler.
The privacy walls around the deck were built to frame some incredible skyline and monument views.
Everything about this home has been created with careful thought and exquisite craftsmanship. The floor plans offer a great deal of flexibility and the building is actually a legal three family. But it’s easy to imagine a large, multi-generation family living here and enjoying every square foot of the generous space.
Address: 15 Cordis St., Charlestown
BR/BA: Five bedrooms, five full baths and one-half bath
Built: 1874, with multiple phases of renovation over the past 28 years
Size: 4,500 square feet
Taxes: $17,124, including residential exemption (Tax Year 2021)
Features: Huge totally renovated brick Italianate-style single family home originally built in 1874. Five good-sized bedrooms, seven wood burning fireplaces. Stainless steel kitchen with brand new appliances and quartz countertops. A thousand square feet of outdoor space, including a courtyard with custom-crafted cabinetry and a stunning roof deck with views of the Bunker Hill Monument and Boston skyline. Outdoor kitchen with Professional Line Lynx appliances. Three libraries, a home theatre room as well as a wine cellar that can accommodate 1,500 bottles. A laundry room with two sets of washers and dryers. Office spaces and an artist studio. Rental parking available.
Close by: Monument Square, Winthrop Square, Rutherford Union Playground, Charlestown Navy Yard and the USS Constitution; Bunker Hill Community College; numerous coffee shops and restaurants; Downtown Boston and North End; TD Garden; MBTA Green, Blue and Orange lines; Easy access to Storrow Drive, Route 93, and the Massachusetts Turnpike.
Contact: Frank Celeste, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty.
Address: 20 City Square Boston, MA 02129.